As people undertake medical treatments outside their own health care jurisdictions, complex clinical, ethical, and financial factors are involved. While a growing body of literature considers patients’ perspectives in medical travel, few have canvassed opinions from those involved in the clinical and physical care for medical travel patients. An article from Andrew N. Garman et al. (2016) is one of the few articles that provides care providers’ perspectives on medical tourism in six hospitals in Thailand, Mexico, and Singapore, yet little mention is made from the clinicians themselves about what they see as clinical accommodations necessary to adequately care for medical travelers. This gap is replicated within the medical literature. Much of the medical literature on clinical practice and medical travel has been concerned with patients bringing exotic new infections or antimicrobial-resistant infections to their home countries (Hodges and...
Dying Overseas: Reflections on Translations of Care in International Medical Travel Hospitals in Malaysia and Thailand
Andrea Whittaker, PhD, is a professor and convener of anthropology and former Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. As a medical anthropologist, she specializes in the fields of reproductive health, biotechnologies, and medical mobilities, with a special focus in Thailand and Southeast Asia, and co-leads the Health and Biofutures Focus Program within the Faculty of Arts.
Andrea Whittaker; Dying Overseas: Reflections on Translations of Care in International Medical Travel Hospitals in Malaysia and Thailand. East Asian Science, Technology and Society 1 March 2020; 14 (1): 137–144. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/18752160-8234381
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